“Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black Briony has a. “Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”—New York Times bestselling author Holly. Review of Chime by Franny Billingsley () On its surface, Chime is a novel set in early 20th century England, a time when belief in witches and spirits domi.

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This is a novel that reads like one long song with lots of strings and minor chords. Finally, not even I could recognize it.

Chime has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal, and with every new review our interest only grew. As a narrator she is at times misleading as she leaves out some details. The plot revolves around a stepmother, and illness, around a girl who is made to believe that she’s a bitch.

I also loved her descriptions of the other characters: The book opens with the chilling words from self-proclaimed witch, Briony Larkin; I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged. It is seriously good stuff right there, my friends.


My First Read of 2011: Franny Billingsley’s ‘Chime’

Though she is often misguided, her intentions are good. The ending, however, pushed billingeley into a confident 5. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And that was its death knell.

That’s where proper stories begin, don’t they, when the handsome stranger arrives and everything goes wrong? Happy New Year, everyone! She is fierce, my Briony is and I felt fiercely protective of her and was completely on her side. My name is Isalys and I am a new Franny Fangirl!

Author Franny Billingsley writes with a poetic, enchanting voice, weaving magic with delightful use of language. Based on 3 reviews. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Xhime, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But that is not all that I loved about the book, oh no.

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Children’s Book Review: Chime by Franny Billingsley, Dial, $ (p) ISBN

I also didn’t see any chemistry between Briony and Eldric. Can I give this book 1 star without finishing it? About people who look at mouse droppings and dont care. Retrieved from ” https: I felt that Briony’s inner thoughts and actions made sense and were an entirely accurate representation of what the lasting effects of emotional abuse can do to a person.


How lovely to seep and bleed and weep into the swamp. I was a little awestruck.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. View all 19 comments. In this case it does. I want people to take care of me. Would a regular girl be happy simply eating a hot meal with a great deal of chew to it? Briony is so vehement in her self-hatred that she very nearly makes us hate her as well.

They spent a lot of time together, but they seemed more like friends or siblings to me. Read it for the kiss scene alone. But then there was the pity and how she pathetically claimed she felt nothing because of witchery.

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Franny Billingsley Fantasy Why is this such a popular genre for teens, particularly for girls? Like her sister, she was too honest and she took everything literally which made for some very funny conversations between the sisters.